This was an industrial town. A proper northern town, burning bright in the fires of the industrial revolution.

With more than 20 mills, weaving was the centre of Padiham’s bustling 19th century heyday and that legacy is all around. The fine buildings and facades, the contemporary textiles found at the art and craft fair and Gawthorpe Hall, all create a rich and unique historic environment where beauty and industry live hand in hand.

The industrial revolution required power, and Padiham supplied it. At one time up to a 100 coal mines fueled this most remarkable period of history. You can mine this rich seam of history at Padiham Archives at the Town Hall.